ACLU to file lawsuit over Missouri's gay marriage ban
10:03 PM, Feb 11, 2014
10:55 AM, Feb 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A major development in the debate over same-sex marriage could happen in Kansas City as the American Civil Liberties Union plans to file a lawsuit over Missouri's ban on gay marriage Wednesday.
Ron Megee and Jon Fulton Adams got married seven years ago.
"We got married here in Kansas City with a priest but it's not legal. We know that," Megee said.
However, that could soon change. The ACLU confirmed they will file litigation in Kansas City and hold news conferences across the state.
If it succeeds, laws in Missouri prohibiting same-sex marriage could be struck down.
"Missouri is a state where it's unlikely that the legislature is going to change their position on this," UMKC law professor Allen Rostron said. "So the way in which same sex marriage could reach Missouri would be through a court decision and this lawsuit is designed to try and do that."
This lawsuit is what Ron and Jon have been waiting for.
"Ron and I made a pact to each other that in our hearts we're married and so we were just going to wait until the legal system in our city caught up with us," Fulton Adams said.
It's not a sure thing, Rostron explained.
"So it really depends on what kind of judges you get and that makes it a pretty unpredictable thing," he said. The two know this suit will face backlash, but they think it's Missouri's time for change.
"I just want to be able to live my life separate but equal. I want to be able to respect other people's views but at the same time I want my life to be recognized," Fulton Adams said.
Ten years ago, Missouri became the first state to enact a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. It passed with 70 percent of the vote.